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Raymond E. Foster
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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA
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Raymond E. Foster is a retired Lieutenant of the Los Angeles Police Department, author,[1][2] and college lecturer. He is also one of the leading authorities in law enforcement technology, police research, and counter terrorism strategies.[citation needed]


Raymond Foster holds a bachelor's from the Union Institute & University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master's Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton. Presently he is at the end of his doctoral studies in business research. He is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership program and has attended law enforcement, technology and leadership programs such as the National Institute for Justice, Technology Institute, Washington, DC.


Foster is currently a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and the Union Institute and University. He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, technology and leadership. His teaching expertise in the law enforcement and criminal justice areas include police technology, computer crime, analysis techniques for criminal justice managers, terrorism and criminal justice, criminal justice supervision, minorities and criminal justice, the enforcement function, principles of investigations and reporting, criminal justice ethics, crime and delinquency, principles of investigations and reporting, and police misconduct.

  • California State University, Fullerton (Instructor: 2004–Present)
  • California State University, Fresno (Guest Instructor: Fall 2006)
  • Union Institute And University (Faculty Advisor and Instructor: 2004 – Present)

Professional life[edit]

Lieutenant (1997 - 2003)[edit]

  • Detective Support Division, Fugitive Warrant Section. Supervised 70 sworn officers and 5 non-sworn employees. Oversaw service of all adult felony warrants; the prosecution of foreign nationals in their country of origin; and the location and apprehension of fugitives from other jurisdictions; Conduct international criminal investigations at the behest of Interpol. Liaison between Interpol, foreign consulates and LAPD. Acting Commanding Officer — coordinated all division activities in absence of superior
  • Central Traffic Division

Watch Commander—Bureau consisting of 110 square miles (280 km2) with approximately 1 million residents. Supervised the activities of 20 accident investigators and 44 motorcycle officers. Acting Commanding Officer — coordinated all division activities in absence of superior.

  • Pacific Division

Administrative Lieutenant reporting to Area Commanding Officer — prepared and reviewed all paperwork and documentation for 405 personnel. Watch Commander — directed 10 subordinate supervisors and 110 line personnel. Responsible for basic patrol, Venice Beach Detail and LAX Substation. Oversaw anti-gang activities; responded to tactical alerts; and resolved all management issues. Managed transition from flexible work schedule to standard 10/80; directed the transition to new public complaint system; and facilitated transition to improved Community Oriented Policing Model.

Sergeant (1988 - 1997)[edit]

  • Internal Affairs Group - investigated allegations of misconduct against police officers.
  • Northeast Division

Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant — conducted personnel investigations at the direction of the Commanding Officer.

  • 77th Street Division

Community Relations — supervised a staff of 8; responded to crisis situations throughout the community; and represented the Department through numerous public speaking engagements. Managed the Explorer Post, Business Booster Association, Police Clergy Council, Reserve Police Officers program, Senior Lead Officer Program, and Neighborhood Watch Program. Participated in numerous community related activities and events including Open Houses, Halloween activities and Christmas basket distribution.

  • Patrol Adjutant — directed all front office activities including writing management papers, drafting management correspondence, reviewing time slips and handling all personnel functions.
  • Communications Division

Floor Supervisor supervised thirty 911 operators and 10 report takers. Watch Commander — managed emergency allocation of personnel citywide; and oversaw system crises and breakdowns.

  • Southwest Division, 77th Street Division & Northeast Division - Field Sergeant
  • Weingart Center Association (1986–1990) -(One-stop Service Center for Homeless - Concurrent with LAPD Employment)
  • Director of Operations (Part-time & Concurrent with LAPD) -Initially hired as Director of Security, responsible for 18 security officers and a $1 million budget. Accountable for the management of security services provided to in-house County agencies; Advanced to Director of Operations, in charge of 150 employees and a $3 million budget.

Police Officer (1980 - 1988)[edit]

  • Newton Division, Southwest Division and Central Division

Foot beat officer, patrol officer and training officer

  • United States Coast Guard Reserve (1976–1983)

Professional Affiliations and Community Activities[edit]

  • Member, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Member, Author's Guild
  • Member Rotary Club of San Dimas, Past President
  • F & A.M Lodge No. 24, Mariposa, California
  • Past Member LAPD Code One Toastmasters (Past Vice President)
  • Past Assistant Cubmaster, Boy Scouts of America
  • Past Member, Peace Officer's Association of Los Angeles County
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America
  • Past Chapter Advisor, Order of the Arrow – Sunset Chapter, Navajo Lodge

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Police Medal for Heroism
  • Club, District and Regional Toastmaster Awards
  • Commendations for Outstanding Performance (over 200)
  • Numerous community letters of appreciation
  • Recognized by southern California Automobile Club for superior vehicle and anti-theft enforcement and safe driving


He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement. He was interviewed by the London Independent in 2005 on the use of cellular telephone technology in explosive devices.[3]


Foster has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One. His first book, "Police Technology (Prentice Hall, July 2004)" is used in over 40 colleges and universities nationwide. Foster has two additional contracts with Prentice Hall to publish works on global terrorism and an introduction to policing. As an outgrowth of his writing, he maintains two websites and acts as the editor of a monthly newsletter.


  • Police Technology (Prentice Hall, July 2004)
  • Leadership: Texas Hold 'em Style
  • NYPD to LAPD: An Introduction to Policing
  • What Is A Hero? (Editor)

Selected Articles and Editorial Works[edit]

  • "De-briefing Suspects: An Analysis of the Crime Control Tactic of Gathering Criminal Intelligence from Arrested Person" (LAPD Intranet, September 1999).
  • "Five Tactics for Taking Civil Service Examinations" Hi-Tech Criminal Justice Newsletter (April 2004).
  • "Tailored Technology" Mobile Government, September 2004.
  • "Crowded Airwaves?" Airbeat Magazine, September 2004.
  • "Returning to the Scene of the Crime: High Definition Survey Technology and Law Enforcement" Government Technology Magazine, March 2005
  • "Small Unit Leadership" (Policeone.com, April 2006).
  • "The Strategy of Preparing for Promotion" (Policeone.com, April 2006).
  • "Terrorism: Crime or Asymmetrical Warfare" (Policeone.com, May 2005).
  • "Securing the Homeland" (Law Officer Magazine, January/February 2006)
  • "Rethinking Command and Control" (Law Officer Magazine, April 2006)
  • "Lessons Learned Overseas" (Policeone.com)
  • "Police Technology and Counterterrorism" (Policeone.com)
  • "Defining Terrorism" (Policeone.com)
  • "Homeland Security: A Needs Assessment" (Policeone.com)
  • "Risk Communications" (Policeone.com)
  • "Characteristics of a Terrorist Attack" (Policeone.com)
  • "Terrorism, Safety and Situational Awareness" (Policeone.com)
  • "Personal Protective Equipment" (Policeone.com)
  • Editor, "Hi Tech Criminal Justice Newsletter" 2003 to Present
  • Pre-publication reviewer "Introduction to Biometrics" (Prentice Hall, 2006) by Steve Elliot
  • Technical Grant Reviewer, Technology Transfer to Rural Communities, Department of Homeland Security
  • Editor, "Police Officer Exam" (2006) Learning Express, LLC


  1. Conser, James Andrew; Russell, Gregory D.; Paynich, Rebecca (2005-04-07). Law enforcement in the United States. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 363. ISBN 978-0-7637-8352-5. Retrieved 14 April 2011. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Snow, Robert L. (2007-07-30). Technology and law enforcement: from gumshoe to gamma rays. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-275-99334-4. Retrieved 14 April 2011. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Dangerous Lines". The Independent. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2012.

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